Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


Governance Monitoring Programme in West Africa

Although the issue of governance is not confined exclusively to Africa, and although it is true that West Africa is not unique on the African continent in terms of challenges related to governance, the history of the sub-region is particularly focused on the issue of governance. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) seeks to address the many challenges facing the sub-region through regional mechanisms and economic policies designed to guide the conduct of states and leaders in governance.

To fulfil their respective mandates and play a key role in the development of research policies in favour of reforms at different levels of governance in the sub-region, CODESRIA and OSIWA have initiated a joint governance monitoring programme, the objective of which is to provide both a framework for monitoring governance and a database for the promotion of governance and its assessment in the sub region. This initiative is an ongoing review process, punctuated by the production of quarterly reports.

Unlike the first two phases of the project which took effect in 2006 and 2008 respectively, where in each country, the monitoring work was conducted by a national coordinator, in this new phase (2010) a team of three researchers is established in each country, working on the following:

1) democracy and political governance,

2) economic governance and management,

3) corporate governance,

and 4) socio-economic development.

The study is conducted in the following eighteen (18) countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Chad and Togo. The reports from this project will be reviewed during validation workshops.